As a new member -and Benchmade collector-, I can only be encouraged by these words of wisdom. Ironically, I just bought my first Spyderco -a Mule MT03 that is now awaiting a set of CF scales- thanks to a discussion we were having on the BM forum about members' favorite Spyders.
The second irony is that the Mule is my first knife with a hole in the blade, and it is not even a folder, go figure...